One of the most prolific and respected actors working today, John Malkovich is no stranger to transforming before the eyes of his audience – or perhaps we are no strangers to seeing him anew in every project he undertakes. Today, his face peers out at you from the faces made iconic by photographers from the last century in a new collection by Sandro Miller.
In seventeen years of friendship and collaboration, the actor has never said no, and the photographer has found a muse in the man he calls, “a beautiful clean canvas ready for paint” in a press statement for this exhibit. When he approached Malkovich about creating this collection of homages to the photographers who have influenced his career for the last 40 years, Malkovich “fell in love,” and Miller began the research and preparation that would be required to bring the images that have been imprinted on the collective memory of America to life.
The artists he pays tribute to include Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Bill Brandt, Yousuf Karsh and more. You can see the full collection on his website if the group here piques your fancy to do a double-take, searching for the actor you know from countless films in the faces that you’ve seen on postcards, museum walls, and in galleries for years.
“John is a pop culture icon. John does opera, theatre, has his own clothing line, and is one of today’s most sought after screen actors. He is brilliant and confident and willing to take risks,” Miller said of working with his friend. “He was very involved with the styling of each character, often applying his own make-up, and even made his own wax nose for the Salvador Dali and Picasso shots. He was very focused on perfecting the makeup for the Herb Ritts shot of Jack Nicholson as the Joker. With makeup and styling taking at least two hours per shot, John would study the original photograph. You could see John working on his character, as makeup, hair and styling was being done. It was truly a joy to see such a perfectionist at work.”
The new exhibit is called “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters.” It will be displayed at the Catherine Edelman Gallery Chicago starting on November 7, 2014 and running through January 31, 2015. Malkovich has also given an exclusive interview to the French publications 7-Post and Liberation, which will be available soon.